Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The Relatives Came - Cynthia Rylant

Summary: In a rainbow-colored station wagon that smelled like a real car, the relatives came. When they arrived, they hugged and hugged from the kitchen to the front room. All summer they tended the garden and ate up all the strawberries and melons. They plucked banjos and strummed guitars.

When they finally had to leave, they were sad, but not for long. They all knew they would be together next summer. (Summary from Powells.com and image from fantasticfiction.co.uk)

My Review: After only one reading I fell in love with this book. There's something nostalgic about road trips to visit distant relatives, sleeping on the floor crowded into a relatives home. You can almost feel the excitement of seeing brothers and sisters, cousins, friends. Rylant is so eloquent depicting the subtleties of spending time with family--noticing the difference in the air, the sounds, sights, mishaps. There is a feeling of fun and also calm while reading. If your family isn't like this one, you'll leave reading this book wishing it was. It has to be one of my all time favorite children's books.

Rating: 5 Stars.

Sum it up: A beautifully written story about family.

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